Hello all. I am new here, so thanks in advance for helping out a newbie. It’s kind of a long story but hopefully clear.
So I wrote my own lighting smartapp which, without getting into too many details, relies on the sunset notifications and states to work properly. Since I’m a software developer by trade, this wasn’t too difficult for me to develop and install and everything was working fine (hooray!).
Subsequently to this, I tried to install a smart lighting app which randomly turned lights on and off while in “vacation” mode. This seemed to work, except I noticed that the hub was going into night mode automatically at sunset, which of course turned off my random lighting app. I could even see events in the event list saying “entering night mode at your request.” Having no idea where these were coming from, I started scratching my head, looking though all the automations I could see on the mobile app, but could not see anything. So first question is: is there a way to determine exactly what is causing an event?
So not giving up I decided to examine my hub on the smartthings web site. Lo and behold, I saw many many other smartapps listed for my hub which were not reflected in the mobile app (from what I could see). So second question: why are some apps only listed in the web site? Continuing to dig, I tried deleting some of the things I didn’t recognize, figuring I wasn’t using them. So then, the hub stopped going into night node automatically. Success? Nope, because then my smartapp which depended on sunrise and sunset stopped working, it seemed to always think it was after sunrise. Sigh. So I started digging though the event list. And going back a few days I was seeing “it is now sunrise” and “it is now sunset” events which stopped the day I did my smartapp deletion. Then I came here and searched for questions relating to lack of sunset and sunrise events. I saw an answer which suggested "go to the website, find the “Weather Station” app in the list of smartapps, and click update. Then see if you get an event, But, I didn’t have that app anymore since I deleted it! So I started to figure out how to reinstall it. And all I could find in answer to this question were references to “Smart Weather station tile app” which seems to me to actually be a device based on the instructions to install it (“Add new device”). So now I’m really confused - what exactly is the “Smart Weather Station tile app” and how is it different from the regular “Weather Station” app? And how do I get the “Weather Station” app back on my hub?
The main thing I’d like to figure out right now is how to get my sunrise/sunset events working again. I installed the “Smart Weather Station tile app” and it appears to be working (?) however I am not getting the sunset events and my smartapp is still not working correctly.
However I’d also appreciate pointers to more general info about the platform which could also help answer my other questions. I’m not unwilling to spend some time and effort reading and learning.
Again, thanks in advance!